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Learn About Lab-Grown Gemstones

This guide will provide you with everything you need to know about lab-grown gemstones.

Grown Brilliance is dedicated to revolutionizing the jewelry industry. Our focus lies in crafting exquisite, high-quality lab-grown gemstones that are ethical and conflict-free. By seamlessly blending impeccable style and value, we aim to surpass your expectations. Our dedication to these timeless gemstones drives us to shape a future where jewelry becomes a catalyst for positive change.

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What are Lab-Grown Gemstones?

Lab-grown gemstones, also known as synthetic gemstones or cultured gemstones, are created through a process that replicates the natural formation of gemstones in a laboratory setting. They are made using advanced techniques that simulate the conditions found in the Earth's crust, where natural gemstones are formed over millions of years. Lab-grown gemstones are all originally in irregular or “rough” shapes, and then cut and polished to optimize their brilliance and color. A gem’s color depends on its trace elements and its ability to refract light, which is what differentiates them in rarity and demand. Lab-grown gemstones can be created in a variety of colors and gemstone types, including diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and more. They offer an ethical and sustainable alternative to mined gemstones, as they eliminate the environmental and social impacts associated with traditional mining practices. These synthetic gems have gained popularity in the jewelry industry due to their affordability, consistent quality, and availability in a wide range of sizes and colors. They are often indistinguishable from natural gemstones to the naked eye and require specialized gemological equipment to differentiate them.

With advancements in technology, lab-grown gemstones have gained popularity for their affordability, consistent quality, and reduced impact on the planet, making them a fascinating option for jewelry enthusiasts and ethical consumers alike.

How Are Lab-Grown Gemstones Made?

Creating lab-grown gemstones, also known as synthetic or cultured gemstones, involves a process called "gemstone synthesis." The process begins with the careful selection of raw materials suitable for the desired gemstone. These materials can vary depending on the type of gemstone being created. Seed crystals may be used as templates for growth, and a controlled growth environment is created within a growth chamber or reactor. These elements mimic the conditions necessary for gemstone formation and allow the crystals to grow over time. Through careful manipulation of temperature, pressure, and chemical composition, gem-quality crystals are produced.

Why are Lab-Grown Gemstones More Ethical?

Lab-grown gemstones are considered more ethical because they have a significantly less negative environmental impact than mined gemstones. Mining requires interfering with ecosystems, while growing gems in labs does not harm the environment at all. Additionally, many gemstones are mined in areas of high conflict, often depending on unfair labor practices. On the other hand, lab-grown gemstones are ethically sourced inside laboratories and created under fair working conditions. Lab-grown gemstones also offer consistent quality and clarity, as they are produced under controlled conditions. Additionally, these gemstones can be easily traced back to their origin and production process, providing transparency and assurance to consumers.

Why Choose Lab-Grown Gemstones

Ethical & Sustainable

Ethical & Sustainable

Lab-grown gemstones are created in controlled laboratory environments, which can have significant environmental and social impacts.

High-Quality

High-Quality

Lab-grown gemstones are meticulously created under controlled conditions, allowing for precise control over their color, clarity, and overall quality.

Affordable

Affordable

With lab-grown gems, you can often get larger or higher-quality stones at a fraction of the price of their natural counterparts.

Lab-Created Gemstones vs. Mined Gemstones

  Lab-Created Gemstones Mined Gemstones
Formation Process Created in a laboratory using high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD) methods Formed naturally in the Earth's crust over millions of years
Origin Synthetic Natural, mined from the Earth
Availability Can be produced in large quantities as needed Limited by the availability of natural deposits
Cost Generally less expensive than mined gemstones Prices vary depending on rarity and quality
Quality Consistent in terms of color, clarity, and size Natural variations in color, clarity, and size
Environmental Impact Relatively low impact on the environment Mining can have significant environmental effects
Ethical Considerations No ethical concerns related to human labor or mining practices May involve mining practices with human rights and environmental concerns
Customization Can be created with specific properties and colors Limited to natural variations in mined gemstones
  Lab-Created Gemstones Mined Gemstones
Formation Process Created in a laboratory using high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD) methods Formed naturally in the Earth's crust over millions of years
Origin Synthetic Natural, mined from the Earth
Availability Can be produced in large quantities as needed Limited by the availability of natural deposits
Cost Generally less expensive than mined gemstones Prices vary depending on rarity and quality
Quality Consistent in terms of color, clarity, and size Natural variations in color, clarity, and size
Environmental Impact Relatively low impact on the environment Mining can have significant environmental effects
Ethical Considerations No ethical concerns related to human labor or mining practices May involve mining practices with human rights and environmental concerns
Customization Can be created with specific properties and colors Limited to natural variations in mined gemstones

What Are Birthstones?

Each month of the year is associated with a specific gemstone, deemed that month’s birthstone. Aside from the inherent beauty of each stone, birthstones are believed to each bring out specific attributes for the wearer. They are also believed to bring good luck and protection if the person wearing them was born in the month corresponding to the gem. This makes birthstone jewelry the perfect personalized gift.

January - Garnet

First popularly exchanged between friends in Ancient Egypt, January’s birthstone is the garnet. Though it can come in a variety of species and varieties, it is famously known for its dark red color. When worn, the garnet is considered to be a protection from harm or danger, and they are often associated with ideas of vitality, wealth, and love.

February - Amethyst

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Known for its range of purple hues, February’s birthstone is amethyst. Due to its color, it has been traditionally associated with royalty and has adorned many historical pieces from the medieval era. Nowadays, amethysts are also associated with spirituality, mental clarity, and healing.

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March - Aquamarine

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Ranging from pale blue to green shades, Aquamarine is March’s birthstone. Though typically connected with the sea, as its name suggests, and believed to serve as protection to sea travelers, aquamarine is also believed to heighten marital happiness and increase intellect.

April - Diamond

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Not only are diamonds the most demanded and one of the most precious stones, but they are also April’s birthstone. Deemed a classic beauty due to their unparalleled brilliance and clarity, diamonds are associated with strength and eternal love, as demonstrated by their immense durability and shine.

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May - Emerald

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Considered one of the most precious stones, and famous for its variety of rich green shades, Emerald is the birthstone for May. Believed to bring out intelligence, clear thinking, and healing, Emeralds are also deemed gems representative of intrigue and romance.

June - Pearl

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Possibly one of the most classic of the gemstones, pearls are June’s birthstone. Associated with honesty, wisdom, and purity, pearls are often connected to divine powers and are believed to bestow long life and prosperity to the ones wearing them. Though popularly white, pearls can come in a variety of classic colors, including light pink and deep blue, and have remained extremely popular for hundreds of years.

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July - Ruby

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Considered one of the most precious stones, Ruby is the birthstone for July. With its extreme durability and its variety of red shades, the stone has been thought to promote strength, help navigate moments of passion, and calm one’s temper. This beautiful stone is also thought to be intimately connected with the human body and to bring good fortune to the wearer.

August - Peridot

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Having been found in meteorites coming from outer space, the alien gem, peridot, is August’s birthstone. Known for its vivid yellow-green hues, peridot is believed to repel evil and protect the wearer, especially during the night. Due to their color, peridots are also associated with prosperity and opportunity, which always makes them optimistic pieces of jewelry.

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September - Sapphire

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Considered amongst the most precious stones, sapphire serves as September’s birthstone. Believed to protect the wearer from physical harm, sapphires have historically been attached to ideas of medicinal and spiritual practices, and are featured in royal jewels. A sapphire’s excellent durability and pure colors which range from royal blue to a rose pink make it a very attractive piece of jewelry.

October - Opal

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Thought by the Greeks to grant the power of prophecy, the magical opal is the birthstone for October. Due to their fiery glow and varying displays of color and movement, known as its “play of color,” opals are associated with light, magic, and healing. Each opal is also individually unique and mesmerizing to look at, making it a popular choice for jewelry.

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November - Citrine

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Coming from the French word for lemon, citrine is November’s birthstone. Associated with happiness and healing, its earthy hues vary from bright yellows to dark oranges, and make the stone incredibly popular and versatile. The citrine is also thought to bring the wearer relief and calm, making it the perfect gemstone to gift a loved one.

December - Topaz

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Ranging from deep blues to lighter shades, topaz is considered to be December’s birthstone. Though it has been historically thought to ward off sickness and anger and cultivate peace and clarity, even today people associate this beautiful gem with wealth and protection. Besides being used to celebrate fourth wedding anniversaries, topaz is popularly worn for a variety of occasions.

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Companies create lab-grown gemstones through a process known as gemstone synthesis. It typically begins with the creation of a seed. Next, a mixture of chemical precursors is prepared, containing the required elements for the gemstone's composition. The seed and precursors are placed in a growth chamber under controlled conditions of temperature, pressure, and chemical environment. Through various techniques such as hydrothermal growth or vapor deposition, the gemstone slowly forms layer by layer over time, replicating the natural growth process.

A lab-grown diamond certificate is a document that provides important information about a lab-grown diamond. It serves as an official record that verifies the authenticity, quality, and characteristics of the diamond created in a laboratory environment rather than being mined naturally from the Earth.

The main difference between lab-grown gemstones and natural gemstones lies in their origin and formation process. Natural gemstones are formed deep within the Earth's crust over millions of years through natural geological processes. On the other hand, lab-grown gemstones are created in controlled laboratory environments and take only a few weeks or months instead of millions of years.